Newsletter no. 5

As the weather warms (it was 97 degrees today!) and literally tons of vegetables and flowers grow, an entire new ecosystem is being brought to life on the farm. A symphony of insects are constantly buzzing, crawling and reproducing all around us. Some of these creatures are welcome and some are cursed. Beneficial insects, like ladybugs, have shown up to help us control our pests, like aphids, naturally. Aphids, also known as plant lice, reproduce rapidly and can even give birth to already pregnant young. They are some of the most destructive insects on the planet. Aphids suck the sap out of plants weakening and deforming them, making it super hard for plants to photosynthesize and survive. They can also transmit viruses while feeding off the plant. Ladybugs or ladybirds and their larvae eat aphids and can munch down 50 to 500 aphids per day! We try to create habitat for our beneficial insects by planting a variety of plants they can feed off of and get shelter from like yarrow and sunflowers.